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  1. I'm surprised Final Score were even aware that there was football happening outside of the Premier League!
  2. Agreed. And to echo something Martin Samuel mentioned in his piece, the FFP rules are set-up in such a way that teams like us need to find these sources of income as the owner simply cannot invest that level of capital in to the club should he be inclined to. This is especially relevant to those clubs aiming for promotion, who are competing with the relegated Premier League teams and the parachute payments which count towards their FFP total.
  3. Agree with a lot of what has been said above. You've only got to watch some of the season previews/build-ups, and they are all intertwined with the "odds" of this or that happening over the course of the season. I also think though, that some of this coverage spans from that inherent "snobbery" within all mainstream media outlets, that the only league worth discussing nowadays is the Premier League, and the fact that "little old Derby from the Championship" have been able to pull off a deal like this, in the manner that they have done, has pushed a few noses out of joint! I would imagine if a team such as Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Watford had done this deal, in the same way as we have done, the narrative would be more about what a great deal they have managed to do, rather than what we are seeing in articles such as this.
  4. Do we need a winger? Yes, we probably do to strengthen the look of the squad. IF one doesn't come through the door today does that make this transfer window a disaster? No, far from it. Maybe it will see us with a "what if we'd signed a winger in August" thought every now and again over the next couple of months, but a disaster it wouldn't be. How can a window in which we've signed Bielik (an upgrade at CDM), Clarke (an upgrade at CD - as I think he will prove better than Tomori over the season), Dowell (who will prove his worth over and above the goals he scores), and Rooney (!), be called a disaster. Add to that, the most important signing of all, Phillip Cocu - a huge upgrade on the previous manager. What's the worst that will happen? We go through to January with what we've got. Not the end of the world, and the squad as it is won't be out of things by any means on January 1st.
  5. To move away from Lawrence and Dowell, and look more generally. The club has the stated desire/intent to have a pathway to bring the academy players through to the first team. Bringing in players simply to be backup surely blocks this pathway to a degree does it not? I'm not saying we don't need to bring in another winger, but a) the club may be looking at players we haven't been linked with, or b) the club may feel they have enough within the academy to step up to cover injuries?
  6. Rangers signed Ojo on 18-Jun, at a time when our manager situation was still up in the air. Can't say we missed out on him, as it probably wasn't even an option. Don't think we've missed out on Wilson, either. The next step in his development is to play week-in/week-out in the Premier League (that would be my feeling if I was Klopp). So again, I don't think was even an option for him to return to us this year. On Kent, I can see your point, but given the outlay on Bielik, is the reported £7.5m+ for Kent a bit too much for us at this point?
  7. IF we still want to bring in a winger, given Kristoffer Petersen has landed in Swansea, another name to throw out there... Vito van Crooij (PEC) - 23, predominantly a winger, plays both sides. 9 goals, 4 assists in 30 games in Eredivisie last season (14/10 overall in 61 games).
  8. Whilst they may not finish quite that high, don't be surprised to see Luton in and around the top half. They've got plenty about them, and for a team with reasonable resources (which Luton have), the step up from League One to the Championship isn't that great.
  9. As it stands, gone for 7th-10th. If we can get a central defender and creative forward, then play-offs are possibility. As for the rest... Top 2 - Fulham and Brentford Play-offs - Leeds, WBA, Stoke, Bristol City Relegated - Charlton, Reading and Wigan
  10. Dean Saunders header vs. Forest, 1990 - "pick that one out the net, Mark Crossley". Robbie van der Laan vs. Palace 2-1 win at Liverpool 1998 - being there for one of the rarest things in our history. A win at Anfield!
  11. Given the strong links to Phillip Cocu, a couple of players from the Eredivisie who may be worth a look at? Kristoffer Petersen (Heracles) Predominantly a left sided player (winger) but capable of playing anywhere across a front 3. 1 in 5 goal/game record overall in Eredivise, but nearly 1 in 3 at Heracles over last 2.5 years where he played in a more attacking role than he did at Utrecht. Signed a 2.5y contract (with 1y option) when joining in Jan ’17. Could pick up at a reasonable price considering out of contract at the end of this coming season. Initially came through the Liverpool system, but never played for the 1st team. Made debut for Sweden last season. Bart Ramselaar (PSV) Signed for PSV in 2016 by Phillip Cocu as a 19 year old - £5m (contract to 20/21). Primarily an attacking central midfielder. Played 76 games in 3 years, although spent a lot of time on the bench/out of the squad last season. He seemed to fall out of favour under new manager Mark van Bommel, making just 2(4) appearances. IF Cocu does become manager, may be someone to look at? One slight downside would be a 1 in 11 goal record at PSV (albeit 1 in 7 overall). Capped by Holland 3 times (in 16/17).
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